Google and DudaMobile Guide to Creating Awesome Mobile Websites
Go Mobile Mobile sites drive growth for small businesses Learn three ways mobile-friendly websites are moving businessesThree reasons why mobile-friendly forward and 10 best practices for building a mobile site.sites matter1. Mobile-friendly websites benefit your The mobile web is rapidly expanding. More and more, consumers visit customer, and in turn your business. websites via their mobile devices. And it’s projected that more than half of These sites produce an average 75% higher rate of engagement (revenue, Americans will own a smartphone by the end of 2011.1 Given the changing page views, etc.) per visit for consumer behavior, it’s critical that businesses meet this demand and mobile users.2 invest in a mobile website.2. Mobile web use is exploding. By 2015, What is a mobile website? It’s a site built specifically for the mobile more Americans will access the web via mobile than desktop.1 Building experience. It takes advantage of mobile features, including click-to-call and a mobile-friendly site essential for click-to-map, so it’s easy for users to fine to your businesses – immediately. businesses to prepare and realize It’s a simpler version of your regular website that’s designed specifically for the opportunity. on-the-go users visiting your site via a smartphone. In fact, mobile- friendly3. Users take action on mobile-friendly web experiences have produced an average 75% higher rate of engagement sites. 1 in 5 website visits lead to an (revenue, page views, etc.) per visit for mobile users.2 immediate call to the business.10 Just because a website can be viewed on a smartphone does not meanReady to build a mobile site? it is mobile-friendly. Let’s take a closer look at how a customized site canHere are 10 best practices enhance your mobile customers’ experience.1. Keep it quick2. Simplify navigation3. Be thumb-friendly4. Design for visibility5. Make it accessible6. Make it easy to convert7. Make it local8. Make it seamless9. Use mobile site redirects10. Listen, learn and iterate Not mobile-friendly Mobile-friendly • Side-to-side scrolling required • Formatted so entire site fits to view entire site on phone screen • Text is too small to read • Text is large and east to read • Buttons are small and close • Large buttons are thumb-friendly together, often resulting in and make it easy for users to accidental clicks take action
Here are the three reasons why mobile sitesare important1. Mobile-friendly sites positively impact consumer attitudesMobile consumers use their devices frequently and purposefully, with high expectations ofthe mobile sites they visit. A positive mobile experience can drive significant revenue for abusiness. 51% of consumers are more likely to purchase from retailers that have a mobile-friendly website.3On the other hand, a negative mobile website experience can be quite costly. 19% of mobileusers will form a negative overall perception of a company if they are dissatisfied with themobile experience.4 Consumers don’t like pinching and zooming their way through a mobilesite, trying to locate business information. It’s a frustrating experience that drives customersaway. In fact, nearly 2 in 3 users are unlikely to return to a mobile site with which they hadtrouble and 40% of consumers said they’d visit a competitor’s mobile site instead.5By building a mobile-friendly website, businesses will not only increase revenue with currentcustomers, but also capture customers who are dissatisfied with competitor websites.2. Mobile usage is exploding, it’s time to prepareFor the past decade, we’ve heard about mobile: how it is changing the way we interact with oneanother and with our customers. In reality, usage of the mobile web had not fully materialized –until now. Consider this: 30% of all Google search queries for restaurants come from mobile.6Mobile growth isn’t expected to stop. By 2015, more Americans will access the web via mobilethan desktop.7 Smartphones have become an extension of people’s daily lives. They areomnipresent in pockets and purses, and consumers use them everywhere and at anytime.Google comissioned data shows, 87% of smartphone consumers use their smartphone whileon-the-go, or while commuting and walking.8But mobile phones are no longer just forfolks on the go – 93% of consumers usetheir smartphones at home.9 With a mobile-friendly site businesses can take advantageof these new consumer habits, reachingpotential customers wherever they arethroughout the day. Just as consumers usetheir devices in a number of places, theyalso use them while engaged in a numberof activities. Why? Smartphone users arealso multi-taskers.For those who don’t want to waste aminute of their day, smartphones enable Source: The Mobile Movement Study, Google/Ipsosthem to be productive and connected atall times. While shopping, for instance,customers can read product reviews and locate nearby stores. As consumers evolve, it’simportant for businesses to effectively use the mobile web to engage customers – whereverthey are, whatever they’re doing.
3. Consumers take immediate action on mobile-friendly sitesWith the click-to-call feature, a “clickable” phone number enables customers to quickly reacha business with just one touch. For mobile-friendly websites powered by DudaMobile, nearly1 in 5 visits to a small business site leads to an immediate call to the business, with someindustries seeing very high click-to-call rates – pizzerias (32%), car services (27.8%) and autorepair services (22.3%).10By including DudaMobile’s mobile-specific features such as click-to-call, maps and directions,businesses can drive immediate in-store sales from consumers ready to purchase.Providing customers with a mobile-friendly website makes it very easy for consumers tocontact you and get to your business – fast. Consumers are hungry for this information. Infact, DudaMobile data shows the average click rate that consumers access maps anddirections on mobile optimized sites is very high.Now ask yourself: how can I use mobile’s unique features to drive customers to my business?Start thinking and begin building. Source: DudaMobile Internal Data 2011 Source: DudaMobile Internal Data 2011Ready to build a mobile site? Here are 10 best practices1. Keep it quickMobile users are often short on time, squeezing in online tasks as they go about their day.To help them, design your site to load fast and make copy easy to scan.• Prioritize the content and features that mobile users need most. Use your desktop site analytics to see what mobile users are doing.• Reduce large blocks of text and use bullet points for easy reading.• Compress images to keep them small for faster site loading.
2. Simplify navigationNo one likes to be confused. Clear navigation and, on large or complex sites, searchfunctionality will help your customers easily find what they need.• Minimize scrolling and keep it vertical only.• Use a clear hierarchy in menus and avoid rollovers.• Help users navigate between levels with clear back and home buttons.• Use seven links or fewer per page of navigation.• Have a search box prominently available on complex sites.3. Be Thumb-friendlyPeople use their fingers to operate mobile devices – especially their thumbs. Design yoursite so even large hands can easily interact with it.• Use large, centered buttons and give them breathing room to reduce accidental clicks.• Pad smaller buttons to increase the clickable area.• Pad check boxes by making the text clickable.4. Design for visibilityA mobile-friendly site gets its message across without causing eyestrain. Make it easy foryour customers to read – remember, they may be in a place with low light.• Create contrast between background and text.• Make sure content fits onscreen and can be read without pinching and zooming.• Use plenty of negative space.• Use size and color to indicate link/button priority.• Use 3D effects and shadowing for buttons.5. Make it accessibleIdeally, your mobile site should work across all mobile devices and all handset orientations.• Find alternatives to Flash – it does not work on some devices.• Use HTML5 for interactivity and animation.• Adapt your site for both vertical and horizontal orientations.• Keep users in the same place when they change orientation.6. Make it easy to convertNo matter what your site’s objective is, your customers need to be able to do it with avirtual keyboard and no mouse. Make it easy to buy something or contact you!• Focus on information that will aid conversion (i.e., product details).• Reduce the number of steps needed to complete a transaction.• Keep forms short and use the fewest number of fields possible.• Use check boxes, lists and scroll menus to make data entry easier.• Use Click-To-Call functionality for all phone numbers.